The Healthcare Industry Must Address Data Security Threats
Despite the data privacy protections supposedly conferred by regulations like
HIPAA and HITECH, consumers' confidential health and personal information is
still not safe enough. That's the lesson to be learned from Franklin,
TN-based Community Health Systems' (CHS) August 18 regulatory filing. In the
filing, CHS disclosed that the names, SSNs, addresses, birth dates, and phone
numbers of approximately 4.5 million people across 28 states have been
stolen, according to Computerworld. Those 4.5 million victims, whom
Computerworld reported had either received or been referred for services to
CHS-affiliated physicians, are now at risk of identity theft, thanks to the
security weaknesses of their healthcare provider. This latest large-scale
data breach serves to highlight just how critical data security is in today... (more)
For some organizations, cloud computing can be a hard sell, even before you
come to the question of how to handle cloud-computing security. Public cloud,
private cloud, hybrid cloud, encryption, tokenization, data residency,
privacy regulations - all are factors involved and the perceived effort can
sometimes seem to overshadow the benefits. But just as cloud computing comes
with a slew of demonstrated business benefits, so does effective cloud
computing security. Included below are three specific benefits to
implementing a cloud computing security system.
1. Regulatory complia... (more)
Cloud computing brings a myriad of benefits for any enterprise, but it is
also a cause for concern in a world where, according to InformationWeek,
cyber criminals are now targeting "any company where they can find data to
resell, disrupt or exploit."
Moving your company's sensitive data into the hands of third-party cloud
providers expands and complicates the risk landscape in which you operate
In order to understand what concerns should be given emphasis in your cloud
security strategy, you need to understand what you can't afford to lose and
what can protect you.
In many industries, cloud computing is now vital to remaining competitive.
The cloud typically offers superior flexibility, scalability, accessibility,
and high availability, enabling businesses to grow more agile and responsive.
Regulatory compliance concerns often make banks and other financial service
providers slower to adopt the cloud, but even in the financial services
industry, the cloud will soon become a necessity.
Banks are already seeing attractive use cases for cloud computing, as Bank
Systems & Technology's Bryan Yurcan and Jonathan Camhi pointed out late last
Public Cloud Security Demands a Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB)
If your business has any investment in public cloud SaaS applications, then
it's time to invest in a Cloud Access Service Broker (CASB). That's our
takeaway from the recently released Gartner security report, "Emerging
Technology Analysis: Cloud Access Security Brokers."
More and more enterprises of all sizes are adopting the public cloud, thanks
to the cost savings and flexibility and scalability benefits SaaS providers
offer. Ninety percent of enterprises that have adopted public cloud
applications plan to put ... (more)